The Parentations | Kate Mayfield | a review

The Parentations by Kate Mayfield | Karina ReadsLooking for a wonderful blend of historical fiction and the fantastical? Well, look no further. Enter: The Parentations by Kate Mayfield. This epic novel spans the centuries, from Iceland in the 1700s to modern day London, we  follow the sisters Fitzgerald and the Fowler family as their lives intertwine, sharing a deadly secret. A pool hidden deep in Iceland’s volcanic landscape grants those who drink from it eternal life – as long as they take the right dose. Gifted with sips of this magical elixir, our main characters must constantly adapt over the years, enduring the changing cultures and laws of London and the heartbreak near-immortality brings.

‘Immortality is no gift. In the absence of death, true darkness emerges…’

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Book Quotes | a few of my favourite things

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Happy Monday, one and all! The internet is littered with ‘feel good’ quotes to get everyone motivated to seize the day, and after seeing what feels like the 100th I thought about some of my favourite book quotes. They’re not exactly carpe diem but I thought I’d share some of them with you. Enjoy!

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Bookends | 20.07.18

I started the year with such good intentions to write a post every week summing up what I’ve read/started reading in that week . I’m quite proud with how long I managed to keep up that madness (16 weeks!) but it became tricky to find the time to write up all my opinions, especially when I’d read more than 3 books that week. So, going forward I’m going to try a new format: voila! Each week I’m going to write about what I’m currently reading, watching, listening to and loving. Hopefully it’ll be a lovely blend of weekly books and favourites – & will most often be completely bookish as that is just how I roll – because if you really want to know every book I’ve read, you can check out my reading list, or be my friend on Goodreads. We’ll see how it goes…

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Podcasts I’m Loving | July 2018

Podcasts I'm Loving | July 2018 | Karina Reads, bookblog, bokish

I love a good podcast. If I could listen to a new episode of some of my favourites every day, I’d be a very happy lady. Alas, most of these wonderful listening experiences put out new content weekly, fortnightly or some even monthly. Hmm, a great excuse to find more to fill the gaps to be honest… Anyway, here are some of my go-to shows and some I’ve seen on social media that I plan to get to soon. Continue reading “Podcasts I’m Loving | July 2018”

Favourite Books So Far | Jan – Jun 2018

I debated with myself about whether I should post this as I haven’t actually had that many ‘wow, this book is AMAZING‘ books. Shocking, right?! Or maybe not. Maybe some years are just stronger than others, I remember struggling to narrow down my top ten reads of 2017 as I had read so many great books but so far, 2018 has been a very average reading year for me. But enough of that, onto some stories I really love. Continue reading “Favourite Books So Far | Jan – Jun 2018”

Circe | Madeline Miller | a review

Circe by Madeline Miller

I am always wary of any new book that comes with lots of hype, but for once (for me!) I’ve found that Circe by Madeline Miller more than lives up to it. I was vaguely familiar with some aspects of Circe’s story (Odysseus, Aeaea, the pigs) but I found it fascinating to begin at the beginning of her story and watch her grow.

Circe suffers an awful lot in her long life and interacts with many famous faces of Greek Mythology and it was gripping to see her warped one way and then another in response to her and others’ actions. Continue reading “Circe | Madeline Miller | a review”

Urban / Paranormal Fantasy Recommendations

I’ve had this post brewing in my brain for a while, and now, finally, after binge reading two urban/paranormal fantasy series in close succession, I’ve decided today is the day. I hope you’re ready.

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